Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Top Knots + Red Lips

While pouring over my newest British Vogue (with Sienna..... not that I am obsessed or anything...) -  one article that caught my attention was about the easy chic of the Parisian woman. 

This is not a new subject of editorial conversation. Fashion writers like to capitalize on the stereotype of the French woman - a creature who is always fabulously (but effortlessly!) beautiful and chic. 

According to my British Vogue - one trick of the trade lies in the transformative power of bright red lipstick. The latest entry on Fashion Gone Rogue seems to emphasize this point, which is currently also very fashion forward - as top knots and rogue lips were all over the runways during fall fashion week. 

I especially love this photo spread because the light and beach scenes remind me Nantucket in the fall. It is soooo beautiful right now, I am planning on biking around the island tomorrow and capturing it on my digital camera. 

"Morning Beauty" -- model: Iekeliene Stange , photographer: Marcus Ohlsson.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Call Me an Anglophiliac

In thinking of what I am currently lusting for in terms of new fall wardrobe additions, I suppose it is of the same strain of the sort of apparel that one would encounter on a romp in the English countryside. Not surprisingly, as I just stocked up on TONS of British mags on my recent jaunt to East Sussex for a cousin's wedding.

I finally got to really practice using the camera that my parents gave me for my "keep up the hard work your not graduated yet" present. I loved taking pictures of my cousins running around in the garden. 

Spotlight on Whitney Kreb

At the beginning of the summer I bought a new sketchbook and had my mother send me some stock from my plethora of art supplies at home..... but I have yet to actually sketch ANYTHING. Hopefully I will get my act together soon - and the work of Nantucket artist Whitney Kreb certainly gives me some inspiration to do so!! 

Though hailing from Charleston, Whitney's work captures the placidity of iconic Nantucket life, with a color palette drawn from Sconset sunsets. 

I first came across her work from the watercolor drawings on her notecards sold at the boutique Little Miss Drama. I especially love sending the whale pant cards - maybe because I own a pair.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Featured on CKB's Blog

I was flattered when Camilla asked me to write for a new special feature on her website called "peek-a-boo" - here is the link to my first blog for her about the It-Bag status of my ckb totes.  I just can't get enough of the Newport CKB gang.... 

Emulating Anna Spiro

Whilst blogstalking.... (on my blackberry during quiet times hostessing post-peak season ACK) - I came across the blog Absolutely Beautiful Things. The blog is by the Australian interior designer Anna Spiro, who has an offbeat but divine sense of style that I love. More about her later, but here are some pics of the latest feature on her in Australian Vogue Living..... (speaking of which - where can I get my paws on that??!) 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fashion Gone Rogue

In my latest blogger stalking... I came across this website called Fashion Gone Rogue - as blogs that I like (becauseimaddicted) kept referencing great photo spreads and editorials that came from the site. 

The site keeps tabs on what's going on in a variety of international fashion publications.... Hats off to Russian Vogue - I loveeee the shoot that they just did for Kate Moss' October cover. 

Miles Fisher.... Kind of Obsessed

Covering a classic like Talking Head's This Must Be the Place is a daunting task... but I actually LOVE this version by Miles Fisher. 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stationery Questing

Like many things, there are soooo many options in the world of stationery. I am always finding one that I like more than the next! 

Here is the latest find from a blog called GADABOUT paper. Much more options from which to choose - including many colorful designs. Ordering is done through increments of 25 for $40 - hoorah! 

Loving Milly

Not that I attended any fashion week events in either NYC or London.. but I lvoed what I saw when I came across Milly's RTW line for Spring. Known for her bright 60's inspired shifts, according to style.com, this season, designer Michelle Smith changed gears - making the comment that she was "basing the whole collection around the color black, which felt really fresh and unexpected." 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Go See: The Cove

While I love clothes, traveling, entertaining etc. etc.....  the environment is more important than anything, and my love for the ocean trumps all. 

This summer I was sorry to miss The Cove premiere at the Nantucket Film Festival, but lucky for me - its showing again at the Starlight Theatre.  

Here is what they have to say about it on their website

The Cove begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.”  

But his close relationship with those dolphins – the very dolphins who sparked a global fascination with trained sea mammals that continues to this day -- led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures so beautifully adapted to life in the open ocean must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast.  

But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality.  It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt.  The nature of what they do is so chilling -- and the consequences are so dangerous to human health -- they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

Undeterred, O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world.  With the local Chief of Police hot on their trail and strong-arm fishermen keeping tabs on them, they will recruit an “Ocean's Eleven”-style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off-limits cove, while playing a cloak-and-dagger game with those who would have them jailed. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

La vie est Belle

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, praises are given to a new book entitled "Gypset Style" published by Assouline Publications.  Author Julia Chaplin (whose writings have appeared in The New York Times, Conde Nast Trveler, Vogue and Elle) says that she created the word to explain the character combination of the gypsy and the jet-set. 
In her brief biography on her blog, Chaplin writes how her "general approach to life and writing is to have hi-low grand adventures. The word Gypset describes a new type of travel, and cultural foraging at home, that redefines the optimal adventure as something with the global references and chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the alternative, anti-commercialism and nomadic wile of a gypsy." 

As described by Amazon.com... "Fusing the ease and carefree lifestyle of a gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set, the Gypsetters are artists, surfers, designers, and bon vivants who live and work around the glove, from Jose Igancio, Uraguay and Ibiza, Spain, to Mantauk, New York. Gypset Style explores the unconventional wanderlust lives of these high-low cultural nomads and the bohemian enclaves they inhabit, as well as their counterculture forebears, such as the Victorian explorers, the Lost Generation, the Beatniks, and the hippies. And along the way, author Julia Chaplin looks back at the quintessential gypsy boho moments in social history." 
Hmmmmm. St. Barths in the spring?? My own wanderlust needs addressing... Inspiration for $29.99 on Amazon.com

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